Monday, February 22, 2010

ZAP - Zimbabwe Artists Project.

Last Weekend the Hubby and I went to the opening of an Art Show here in Portland in a beautifully renovated old warehouse Olympic Mills on the East side of the Willamette River to Downtown. There are various businesses in the building and one of them caught my eye as I wondered the halls admiring the "LOVE" show artwork.

ZAP - Zimbabwe Artists Project is one of those grass roots organisations that is very exciting and one I feel excited to support.

ZAP's Mission is to, "celebrate the artistry and accomplishments of Women from rural Weya in Eastern Zimbabwe. Through education, sales of their art in the U.S., and special projects, ZAP helps the Artists become economically self sufficient".

"Women’s income from agriculture is unpredictable and limited. Sales of their art helps women afford food, clothing, school fees, medicines, transport, seeds and fertilizer. Since the market for Weya art in Zimbabwe is extremely limited, sales in the U.S. are critical. ZAP pays much more than any other buyer, delivering cash at the time of purchase, and we provide health care to the artists".

I really love the concept behind this enterprise and I feel as a fellow Female Artist, even though I am not supposed to be buying any artwork at the moment, that I should support my sister artists :)

Here is the beautiful piece of Artwork I purchased :)

Artwork by Charity Manema.

Check out ZAP here and see all the amazing things they are doing, see the artists and more of their beautiful work. :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

14 comments:

cabin + cub said...

What a great piece! And the cause is terrific! ;)

Alice Istanbul said...

That is a great cause. It's good to support our fellow women :)

Jenni said...

I didn't realize the old Mills had been converted so well! Great article!

Bethany Dirksen said...

That's a really wonderful piece. I'm gonna have to get all kinds of advice from you about the art scene in portland when we move back!

MAB Jewelry said...

What a bright and fun piece!

Got It From My Mama said...

What an interesting read and that is a lovely piece of art work that you bought.

Annette said...

I checked out the art work and what they do is incredible. The embroidery is just amazing! Thank you for this info!

the Lost Earring said...

What a wonderful organization! And how great is it that you were able to contribute :) Such a colorful piece--where will you hang it?

Erica said...

What A great organization. I think poverty is a cause too often ignored, that is the cause of so many deaths. what a great organization.

Tess Carter said...

I love this project!! We so often focus on bringing only education, medicine, etc to poverty stricken areas (which don't get me wrong, is most important). I think it's still so important to encourage the arts and more cultural aspects of community & society. They provide something a bit more intangible than material supplies and aid. Of course it isn't an either or- more of a 'both' situation. :)

French Revelation said...

What makes that piece extra special is the fact it is helping a great cause. Lovely.

nomadcraftsetc said...

What a fantastic discovery and organization! Good for you for picking up a wonderful piece of art while supporting a good cause!

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Kaleidoscope Eyes said...

i love that so much! do you hang it on the wall or is it a plate or what?